US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange Independent Professionals Project Competition 2017

Publish Date: Jun 23, 2017

Deadline: Jul 24, 2017

Competition Description

Eurasia Foundation (EF) works to engage citizens and empower communities to take responsibility for their own social and economic prosperity. Since 1992, EF has invested in the development of vibrant socially-oriented organizations and socially conscientious citizens throughout the former Soviet Union. Today, EF utilizes best practices in international engagement, institutional development, and cutting-edge online training tools to cultivate the next generation of social experts in the Middle East and North Africa, China, and the Eurasia region.

EF’s US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE) is a diverse network of social experts and entrepreneurs from Russia and the US engaged in a meaningful exchange of ideas and best practices to produce positive change in the lives of citizens in both countries. These experts implement mutually beneficial collaborative initiatives that address common societal issues across a diverse range of thematic areas. SEE also offers opportunities for social experts to receive short-term professional awards to travel to the opposite country and to help implement these bilateral projects while expanding their own networks


Projects must address at least one of the socially-oriented thematic areas listed below. Projects may combine multiple thematic areas.

1. Social support and protection of citizens (e.g., children, women or vulnerable groups, such as people with disabilities or the elderly)

2. Protection of flora and fauna and promotion of animal welfare

3. Promotion of philanthropy and volunteerism

4. Youth development, extracurricular and alternative education

5. Public health and promotion of healthy lifestyles

6. Preservation of national identities, cultures, languages and traditions of indigenous peoples

7. Social and cultural adaptation and integration of migrants

8. Medical and social rehabilitation and/or social and economic reintegration of persons engaged in the illicit use of narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances

9. Promotion of economic and labor mobility


To be considered eligible, candidates must:

  • Be a citizen of the Russian Federation or the United States
  • Have a proven academic and/or professional track-record in the thematic area/s of interest
  • Demonstrate a general professional proficiency in both the English and Russian languages
  • Develop a project that is not politically motivated and does not include political activity, focus on public policy reform, or the changing of public opinion
  • Be primarily affiliated with organizations and/or institutions that work on issues within EF priority areas
  • Have not previously participated as an SEE Invited Professional, Independent Professional, Special Exchange Participant or as an Emerging Professional or Advanced Practitioner Fellow.

The deadline for submission of Parts I and II is July 24, 2017 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (July 25, 2017 at 6:59 AM Moscow Time). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Early submissions are encouraged. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered.

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